You have a lot of options out there when trying to choose the right photographer for your boudoir photos. Here is a list of the Top 7 questions to help you determine if you and the photographer are a good fit.
1. How Do You Help Me Prepare For A Boudoir Session? It’s very important that your photographer guide you each step of the way. Boudoir sessions aren’t like portrait sessions where you just show up in your favorite dress and create amazing images. It’s important to know the right outfits to wear and how to prepare for being photographed with little to no clothing on at all!
2. How Much Will It Cost? I can’t tell you the number of clients that tell me about a terrible experience with other photographers where they were given a very uncomfortable hard sell on shoot day. You should never feel you were tricked into buying something you weren’t prepared to spend your money on. You should have a good idea of the actual investment options before the day of your session. Keep in mind there are many boudoir companies out there that entice customers with a “free” session or a large discount on Groupon. Usually after the shoot you won’t even see the photographer and are handed over to a sales person that works on a commission. I believe in a more personalized experience as I will work with you every step of the way!
3. How Long Until I See My Images? Photographers offer a range of options for clients. In person sales has become more popular and so you an usually expect to return to the studio on another date to see a selection of edited images. I schedule an ordering session about 1 week after the session. You will return to the studio to see a short slideshow of your gorgeous images and order only the photos you love. We will sit together and I will help you purchase only the photos you love in the format that works best for you.
4. Are my photos edited or retouched? Again, there are many options out there and clients should definitely find a photographer that fits what they are looking for in regards to finished images. We will talk beforehand about the level of retouching you are looking for. I believe in body positivity so I want you to look like the most amazing version of yourself, not a completely different person. I remove remove scars, cellulite, stretch marks, etc if you have requested that. Good photos start in the camera, editing is only used to put the final touch on your beautiful photos.
5. Who will be present during my session? Some photographers have a team of assistants or stylists that might be present during your shoot. If you are concerned about privacy you might want to clarify who will be there during your session. I personally like to be one on one with the client because this intimate setting helps to create great images.
6. How many outfits should I bring? Photographers generally have pretty clear guidelines for how many outfits they allow during a session. I advice about 4-5 outfits. This number provides a great variety of looks for your album and doesn’t require you to spend hundreds of dollars on lingerie. Wardrobe consultation is a big part of your pre session planning. We will talk about what you have, what you love, and what you would be most comfortable being photographed in. And don’t worry if that’s not lingerie! Some of the best photos I’ve taken were of clients in everyday clothing like sweaters and sheer tops.
7. Will you my post my photos on your website? I know that privacy is of utmost concern for many people considering boudoir photography. While I hope you’ll feel empowered to show off your images, I understand if they do not want to. Your photos are kept strictly private unless you allow me to share them.
The One Question You Shouldn’t Ask
“Can I just get the digitals?”
In this digital age I know my clients place a great value on owning digital files of their beautiful photos. I completely understand and offer the option to purchase high and low resolution files of your favorite images. However, I’m old fashioned and believe very strongly that your photos should be printed. How many people do you know that have a USB stick or CD of their wedding photos that have never seen the light of day? Because I feel very strongly about the importance of printing your beautiful photos, my packages start with printed images like custom designed leather albums and prints.
Obviously there are many other questions you should ask your potential photographer but this is a good start. I hope this has helped you!
If you are considering a boudoir session but don’t feel ready yet to commit I encourage you to join my Private VIP FB Group Beauty & Boudoir. It is a small but growing group of body positive women interested in boudoir. It features testimonials from past clients and motivation to be the #boudoirbeauty I know you are!